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have given their lives against these organizations. and so as the parliament recently said in its resolution of pakistan needs to rid itself of these foreign militants and these foreign terrorists that have taken root inside of pakistan. so we're committed to working very closely on an ongoing basis with the pakistani government, which includes various components, intelligence, security and various civilian departments and agencies in order to help them address the terrorist threat, but also so that they can help us make sure that pakistan and that area near afghanistan is never ever again use as a launching pad for attacks against the united states. >> thank you. let me just conclude by saying that former cia director mike hayden used used the analogy of a football field, the lines on the football field, and he talked about our intelligence operatives and others as the
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players on the field. and he said we need them to get chalk on their cleats, go right up to the line in carrying out what our approved policies of the united states. and if you think about it that way, it is really important to have policies that are transparent so that those who are carrying out the mission and those in the united states and those around the world who are trying to understand the mission know where the lines are. if we don't know what the lines are, some people will be risk averse, other people commit excesses. we have certain seeing a few of those, which are black eyes on our country. so i just want to applaud the fact that john brennan has come over here from the white house, spent over an hour with us, laying out in great detail what the rules are for something that has been revealed today, which is the use of drones in certain operations, targeted operations.
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the debate will continue, no question. people in this audience and listening in have different points of view be restored we know that one young woman did during his remarks, but that's why the wilson center is here, to offer a platform free of spin and partisan rhetoric to debate these issues thoroughly. and you honored us by coming up today, mr. brittin. thank you very much. >> thank you. [applause] >> [inaudible conversations]
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>> on c-span today israel's ambassador to the u.s. is at george washington university.  >> spend the weekend in oklahoma city with booktv and american history tv. saturday at noon eastern chicken litter is life with booktv on book tv on c-span2 including the governors must read political books. and sunday at 5 p.m. eastern, oklahoma history on an american history tv on c-span3. to with the oklahoma city bombing memorial with the codesigned.
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plus a look at the african-american life in 1920s oklahoma, and native american artifacts from the special collections at the oakland history center. this weekend from oklahoma city on c-span2 and three. >> you are watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. weekdays feature live coverage of the u.s.-centric on weeknights watch key public policy events. ever weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past program to get our schedules at our website. you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> israeli ambassador to the u.s. michael oren talked about the u.s.-israeli relationship monday at george washington university's elliot school of international affairs. during the talk, a group of 12 gw students walkout in protest
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of israeli policies. this is an hour. [inaudible] >> i am director of the middle east policy forum here at the elliot school of international affairs, george washington university and a want to welcome all of you to our forum preceding. the middle east policy forum was established in 2007 to bring leading analyst, scholars, journalists, diplomats and policymakers to the university to discuss current and emerging issues in the middle east region. we are deeply grateful for the generous support that we receive from the exxon mobil corporation to enable us to these programs. will just say to you all as you
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know, you're all or part of university community, a community that seeks understand and knowledge, and one path in achieving that goal is to bring knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to present an entire spectrum of views. so that we become cognizant of the issues and see them from all angles. it's not a question of agreement or disagreement, but of exposure to bright of opinions and perspectives, in our own quest for knowledge. i am pleased to extend a warm welcome to israel's ambassador to the united states, dr. michael oren, a university president doctor steven now, extend an invitation to dr. oren to speak to her university community. i want to take a moment to thank three organizations, g. w. l. l., the international student association -- [applause] and student lies for israel,. [applause] >> that took the initiative to see dr. nafa and to encourage
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them to extend this invitation and i thank you all for that initiative. doctor or an his position as israel ambassador to the united states in 2009, and in a position, of course he is deeply involved in maintaining and building the very strong and close relationship that exist between the united states and israel. he traveled widely throughout the united states. he regularly visits a wide right of groups and organization. dr. oren is not at all a stranger to the academic world. formally you wrote lady davis fell of hebrew university, a fellow at tel aviv university of the distinguished fellow at the center in jerusalem. is the university professor at harvard, joh jail and georgetow.
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and is a graduate of columbia. ambassador oren has written extensively for a number of combo -- publications including "the wall street journal," where he was a contributing editor. is author of several books, six days of war, june 1967 to the modern middle east. and power, american movies. both of which were "new york times" bestsellers. without further ado i invite the ambassador to join us to discuss his chosen title, ultimate allies israel and united states. please join me in welcoming ambassador oren. [applause] >> thank you. good afternoon.
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thank you, thank you for especially plugging my books, which by law i am not allowed to do, but that are available at famously reduce crisis on amazon, should you want them. to the elliot school of international affairs, to special thanks to folks on my own staff, our academic counselor. where is she? there you are. and jason harris who really made this all possible. thanks, jason. [applause] >> and it is especially gratifying for me. i to travel around united states, california and michigan, a couple weeks ago in chicago, all the time speaking on kerry's campuses and is a true pleasure to load up the car, pack for a week and make a long drive over to george washington university. it only took me three years. unbelievable. so i want to begin today with
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three vignettes, three portraits were snapshots of the relationship between united states and usual. the first snapshot was taken several years ago where one day out of the blue i get a call from the united states navy. the united states navy asks me where the interest in flying out to the u.s. as truman aircraft carrier, that time patrolling the eastern mediterranean, and give a lecture on the history of the u.s.-israel relationship. i thought about this for maybe a quarter of a second. i said are you kidding? of course i want to do this. so one day they brought me up to an airfield outside of tel aviv. there was a prop plane, enable probably the extravagant, put a helmet on me. we went airborne, and no one bothered to tell me that this aircraft was going to go from a 180 miles an hour to zero in
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less than one second when it landed on the truman. when i landed i thought we had crashed. my eyeballs were some were over there. i don't recommend you ever do this. they thought it was pretty funny. it wasn't. but when it emerged from this aircraft, there was this floating american island somewhere between the island of rhodes and the coast of turkey, 5200 crew members, and officers, all standing at attention to him he gave a lecture about the history of the u.s. and israel alliance. extraordinary. the next snapshot took place a couple months ago when i was invited by the assembly of the state of colorado. very nice state. there's parts of colorado which have large jewish constituencies, but their parts of colorado that have no jewish constituencies at all, and i was invited by both houses of the
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assembly of colorado because both of them, the congress and the senate, where passing resolutions in support of new issue. and these resolutions interlink which were completely exuberant, and unequivocal in their support for israel, their love for israel. and they both passed unanimously. while i stood there. what a remarkable experience. and then several weeks ago, sally and i made a visit to the fair city of cincinnati. don't laugh. very nice city, cincinnati. recently voted one of the most fun cities in america. i didn't make the goal. we usually go to city, the visit with university. you go to local political leadership it but almost invariably on sunday morning i like to go to church. and coffee varies congregations. this church was a very unusual church. i went to the church of the new jerusalem. we are from the old jerusalem,
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and ago -- it was an african-american baptist church. and when i walked in i was greeted with such outstanding warmth, and such undeserved love, true love. everyone coming up and embracing as the ambassador of israel to the united states. and you are asking yourself, what is this all about? what of the country in this nation, current foreign policy, what other ambassador would be greeted this weight in such diverse scenarios? and i'll put a finer point on this. i am persuaded beyond a doubt that the u.s. relationship today is the most deeply, deeply rooted, bullseye faceted alliance that this country has had with just about any foreign country in any recent memory. certainly going back to the end of world war ii. now why is this?
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one of the reasons for this relationship? and to find those reasons you've got to go back. israel is celebrating its 64th birthday this week. but defined the reason the roots of this relationship, you're going to go back much further. you're going to have to go back 400 years. i await. it's a shame, you really should stay. i came here to talk to you. that's what universities are for, folks. truly sad. you have to go back 400 years to the time when the first buckled shoe lived on a certain sure off the state of massachusetts. remember well i'm sure from your history books. the owner of the public shoe was a puritan pilgrim and the
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puritan pilgrims weren't interesting, were an interesting group of people. they had suffered care of as a protestant dissenting group advance of the official church in the. at an attempt to find a model that either bible that would enable them to better cope with her suffering a look that what they called a new test the survey look back further of what they call the old testament. there they found something very unusual. they found a god who spoke to his people in their language. got in the bible only speaks one language. he speaks hebrew. and he made in an interesting promise. he promised to rescue them from exile and restore them to the promised land. the puritans read this book, and they loved it. they loved the story. they became the new israel. england became the new dg. the atlantic ocean became the new sign that the so they escape, cross atlantic sinai, and it landed in a new promised land.
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that's why the about 1000 cities and towns that have biblical hebrew newspaper that's what younger sharon's integer goes into badlands to either from long island you have bethany. they are both in jerusalem. they teach hebrew names to their children. they became sarah and rebecca and david and solomon. they made hebrew the required language of all the universities. you have to take hebrew. james madison was a hebrew major at princeton, and he failed. [laughter] he had to go back and spend an extra year at princeton. it's a hard language, trust me. don't tell james madison that. so deeply ingrained was this notion of the new israel, america, at the conclusion of the american revolution in 1783, it was a debate between the u.s. leadership over what was going to be the great seal of the united states. and a group of american lives
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thought it should be the bald eagle. but another prominent group of americans said no, the image of the united states' seal should so moses leading the children of visual out of bondage and into the promised land. it was this heated debate, and america became this close to having moses as its nationals in symbol. but you should know the authors of the moses see where none other than thomas jefferson and benjamin franklin. so they had internalized the biblical narrative. for many of this generation of founding mothers and founding fathers, the fact that they were the new israel meant to have a kinship relationship with the old israel, the jewish people. it meant since they inherited a new promised land had a connection with the old promised land, and they concluded that to be good christians, be good americans, it was the divinely ordained duty to help the old
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israel go back and restore the ancient kinship, to help got fulfill his promises to them in the bible. restore them to the promised land. us was born the notion of restoration is an, which was by no means a rebel notion in postcolonial america. you had john adams, the second president of the united states saint it was his greatest dream that 100,000 jews soldiers would march back to judea and re-create the jewish state. abraham lincoln in 1863 pledging to help the jews go back and regain their sovereignty once he had regained the united states after the civil war. you had woodrow wilson it was the grandson and son of presbyterian ministers saying it was his greatest privilege to be able to help the jewish people return to their holy land, and woodrow wilson was absolutely instrumental in helping to persuade the british to issue
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what they call the balfour declaration, which the british empire threw its weight behind the recreation of jewish homeland then called palestine. and that balfour declaration became the basis of the 1947 u.n. partition resolution keep creating an arab and jewish state in palestine, which the jews accepted. and it was a big debate again in this country whether the united states should ask of recognize the re-created jewish state but in any event which is completely unique in the annals of american foreign policy, and i know of no other case like this, higher foreign policy establishment and the united states, state department, defense department, pentagon, without exception told the president of the united states don't do it. of america recognizes this jewish state will be a cutoff of oil from the east to the united states. american soldiers will get antiwar over the because they don't have to defend themselves. don't do it. the secretary of state at the time, george marshall, said if
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the president recognize the jewish did he, george marshall, wouldn't vote for them in the next election. the president was a gentleman named harry truman who claimed to have memorized the bible by age 14. and had himself joined a restoration and group called the american christian committee for palestine. he locked himself in the white house for 48 hours, and at 6:11 p.m. on may 14, 1940, 11 minutes after israel declares its independence, harry truman made the united states the first nation on earth to recognize the re-created jewish state. and when asked later what he did this, why he went against the advice of all of his foreign policy counselors, truman basically had a two word response to he said i am cyrus. i am cyrus. i always know who knows their bible. cyrus of course was a persian
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king who rescued the jews in exile and restore them to their sovereignty after the destruction of the first temple period so he was cyrus. and america remains, believe not, america remains the most religiously observant country in the world. more americans attend one house of worship are ones strife for another, a church, a mosque, a synagogue. people reading the bible, the same thing that john adams, the same thing that abraham lincoln read and they came to same conclusion but that's why support for israel in this country is the close of all time high, between 71 and 70% of americans find themselves pro-israel the only one downside during the 1999 -- 1991 gulf war but israel was being pummeled by scud rockets. in support for israel, it is favor high and one reason is
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this great spiritual connection between the two countries. but israel comes into being 64 years ago not only as a jewish state, it is also a democratic state. the only functioning democracy, and believe it or not at 64 years old today, israel is older than more than half the democracies of the world. and it's part of a very, very small plot. america is a member, canada is a member. new zealand a member, do you know what club this is? this is a club of those countries, those democracies that have never known a second of non-democratic rule. very unusual. think about it. inspite of the just unspeakable pressures that israel has known since its creation that it crashed most democracies, israel has never known a nanosecond of non-democratic rule. we are a state that has a
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representative government but it's different than your representative government that it's a lot lower than your representative government. the chairs in our parliament tend to be screwed down. people tend to throw them. if someone curses out the president and the american congress, they make front-page news. is some space is some space to the premise in israel, it doesn't make the news. it's not newsworthy. very rambunctious democracy. got a free press on steroids. it's a rule of law, is the country which nobody is above the law, and no one is beyond the independent judiciary but recently a former president of the state of israel was sentenced to lengthy prison term for sexual offenses. he was sentenced to jail by a supreme court panel made up of three judges, two women and an arab spring court judge from the state of israel. it is a country which is not just a region later but a world
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leader. we never had don't ask, don't tell. the youth of america enacted on on as don't tell, israeli, the army passed legislation that no soldier could be discriminates against because of his or her sexual orientation. it is a country where, stranger in of its the only place where rabbis, imams and priests get together and agree on something. it is trying to block the annual gay pride parade. in issue. they haven't succeeded in many years now. every year we have that. we have the parade. and this coming saturday night -- [applause] >> thank you. the saturday night i'm giving the opening speech at the annual lgbt convention and it's a great honor for me to speak in that context. israel is the only country in the east that has a memorial, john fitzgerald kennedy, the only country at least that has a
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memorial for martin luther king. we mark martin luther king day. is the only country in the middle east that has a very large memorial for 9/11. it's the only country in the movies that has a park named for containing an exact replicate of the liberty bell to liberty bell park in jerusalem. to go to new york and josie obermeyer street, you come to her hometown in jerusalem you have washington street and you have lincoln street. though israeli can't say lincoln. you ask for lincoln street no one knows which are looking for. so have a great spiritual connection. you have a democratic affinity. but there was not was a military or strategic alliance to anyone who says israel and the united states have somehow allied military since thank for it doesn't know the military very will.
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there was a vote in the general assembly about the boycott of cuba embargo, irrespective of what you do about but the vote was 188-to make. can imagine who the two were. are voting record in international forums are a monk is virtually -- over the course of no more than six decades. but israel thought wars. 1967, without a single american both know american arms. but things change after the 64. israel defeated three soviet-backed army state and on the seventh day of that conflict, american foreign policymakers woke up and said there's this superpower in the middle east. we should be aligned with this superpower. and that they can be a strategic alliance has blossomed manifold way ever since then. to get a sense of it, you have to talk about what america gets issue.
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america gives israel roughly $3 billion in military aid every year. military aid is not civilian it to 75% of the is spent in the nested. it creates tens of thousands of jobs in this country. but for the eight, and the age is roughly, the hd come about $3 billion, provide about one half of a new class destroyer. for that aid, america gets, america gets intelligence at the highest and most professional level about occurrences in the east, and we share our intelligence daily with the united states. i know that is to be appreciated on both sides. you get an army. defense forces, which is highly motivated, highly trained, very sophisticated, which is larger than the british and the french armies combined. and just happens to be situated
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at the strategic nexus between africa, asia and the middle eastern area. it's an area where america does not have to deploy a lot of troops there because our troops are there as opposed to the persian gulf where there isn't a large american presence. it gets technology. we share our innovation with the united states. every american notary aircraft, whether it be fixed wing or helicopters, every single one of them fly israeli components and israeli concepts. trust me, they all has israel inside them. israel and the united states together have developed the most advanced anti-ballistic system in the world. and they are multi-level. they can take a short range, middle range, intercontinental ballistic missile to one of those just michigan first
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anti-ballistic missile in history to prove effective in combat. try the outcome of their father if you try them in war, it's a different situation. we have used in this year-to-date have several of rockets. it works. our batteries recently scored 100% hit rate. just extraordinary. literally rocket science. getting to rockets the speed of bullets hitting one another in middle and. and anticipate where the next rock is going to fall. only if it is going to hit a cd we shoot an interceptor added. it is a game changer. we are sharing the technology with the united states. we have developed drone aircraft, drone aircraft are going the skies above american servicemen and women serving in our region. we are involved in th the war against drugs. way to buildnt

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